Fenland cricket roundup - Chatteris claim the honours over March II while Ketton loss dents Wisbech’s title hopes

Chatteris 1st XI: Back row (from l to r): Luke Parnell, Michael Saunders, Gugan Kupendwran, Andy Woo

Chatteris 1st XI: Back row (from l to r): Luke Parnell, Michael Saunders, Gugan Kupendwran, Andy Wool, Ben Hollis, Steve Piper. Front row: Anthony Bamford, Connor Morton, Anthony Palmer (capt), Peter Munns, Kurt Cunningham. Picture: PAT RINGHAM. - Credit: Archant

Chatteris finished off the season in style with a comfortable nine wicket victory over March II at The Avenue, consigning them to the drop.

March 2nd XI: Back row (from l to r): Ben Watson, Adrian Bussey, Stuart Arnold, Stuart Fox, Stephen

March 2nd XI: Back row (from l to r): Ben Watson, Adrian Bussey, Stuart Arnold, Stuart Fox, Stephen Wallis, Steve Coe. Front row: Curtis Oldroyd, Steve Hinson, John Wallis (capt), Richard Green, Tehan Schaffter. Picture: PAT RINGHAM. - Credit: Archant

The visitors won the toss and decided to bowl first. The early overs were uneventful with neither runs being scored or wickets being taken.

It was the introduction of Steven Piper that livened the game up a bit - he got wickets in consecutive overs to remove both opening batsman.

Only 49 runs were on the board after 32 overs. However, in the final 13 overs, 103 runs were piled on - mainly thanks to a 125-run fourth wicket stand between skipper John Wallis (63) and Tehan Schaffter (30no). They finished on 152-4 off 45 overs.

Richard Green claimed the only Chatteris wicket after tea as Kurt Cunningham, dropped on 40, scored an undefeated 99. His final boundary was close to giving him his century, but dropped just short of the mid-wicket ropes.

Chatteris captain Anthony Palmer said: “I am delighted with the finish to the season, after the disappointment of last season only just surviving in the league I am glad that we have turned things around and finished fourth this season, which is a massive improvement.

“We have got a lot of very promising youngsters coming through the club and it can only be good for the club and its future. “

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March need to win their final two games to have a chance of Tucker Gardner league survival after they lost by 106 runs at leaders Godmanchester.

Ash Vodnala (3-51) was the pick of the bowlers as Godmanchester made 235-5 dec.

In reply, Vodnala played almost a lone hand (38) as March once again found the going tough with the bat, Some late order resistance from Andy Wright (16), Chris Ringham (12) and Sam Clarke (20no) saw them get up to 129 all out.

Wisbech’s Tucker Gardner league title hopes look like they were dealt a decisive blow at Ketton, who beat them by 22 runs.

Ketton batted first and openers Harry Munsey (54) and Robert Woolley (86) set the platform for their 218-9. Sam Rippington ripped through the lower order to finish with 5-50, with Brad Apted taking 2-27.

Wisbech lost wickets at regular intervals. There were good contributions from Tom Meyrick (39) and Paul Edgeller (36), but their hopes went with the dismissal of Gary Freear for 59.

With two games remaining, Wisbech trail Godmanchester by 32 runs. They need Godmanchester to slip up at home to Ramsey, while winning away at Histon, for the final day clash between the top two to become a title decider.

Chatteris II secured a thumping 197 run win over March III. Ben Chapman hit a century (103), with Matt Hollis making an unbeaten 84, as Chatteris II posted a mammoth 270-5.

Archie Palmer (3-7), James Surtees (3-20) and Jake Kaval (2-22) were in the wickets as March III were dismissed for 73.

Wisbech III lost to Cambridge Granta III by eight wickets. Martin Knowles (59) and Robert Williams were in the runs as Wisbech III posted 154-6, but the visitors knocked off the runs with ease.

Wimblington lost by 79 runs to Willingham. Willingham batted first and made 198-7. Wimblington were bowled out for 119.